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ICO Fines Text-Spammers 440,000 Pounds

PRIVACY LAW—UK

November 28, 2012

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has fined the two owners of Tetrus Telecoms 440,000 pounds for sending out illegal text messages that offered compensation for accidents and then selling the collected data to claims management firms for profit. It is the first time the ICO has levied such a fine to the illegal marketing industry and, the report states, three additional firms may be in the agency’s sights. Information Commissioner Christopher Graham said, “The public have told us that they are distressed and annoyed by the constant bombardment of illegal texts and calls, and we are currently cracking down on the companies responsible, using the full force of the law.”
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